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Fantastic to launch our Y7 LifeLong Readers programme today 📚 We used the amazing ‘Look Up’ to help the girls practice reading with expression & questioning when reading to their younger siblings 📖


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What a lovely end to the week at ! Our linguists have had a great afternoon. KS3 students have attended Culture Club, Year 10s have worked with their mentor from and Year 12 have explored “La Sombra del Viento” in their book club.


Vocabulary matters at Harris Academy Bermondsey


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WOW! Class of 2029, now I feel old... 🙃 Want to find out more about , our HAB girls and ? Then sign up below 👇👇👇👇👇


We are hosting a Year 5 Open Event Webinar on Wed 23rd June, 5pm. It's a chance for our incoming Class of 2029 and their families to meet key HAB staff, and gain further information about making a successful transition. Register at


The next Big Big session is this Thursday 10th June, 2pm – 6pm. Fancy joining us to build a shed or fill a raised bed, and create our new Wellbeing Garden? Click here to to sign up! Hope to see you there!


This week our passport is all about getting organised - from sorting uniform (and ordering the correct size), to getting a Zip Card and using your HAB school planner. It's all waiting for our Year 6 soon-to-be HAB girls at


Today was the last day for our fabulous Year 11. We are so very of you all, and everything you have achieved together, and wish you all success for the future! See lots more pics from the day at


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The final week is upon us! ends on Friday... Have you or your child had your say yet? Don't miss out on a chance to get your voice heard... It only takes 10 minutes and could help make a real difference to children's and young people's lives!


See pics from our first Big Dig session (in 47mph winds and drizzle) at We're sure the weather will be better for the next two Big Digs!


We're making a Wellbeing Garden with the help of our staff, students, parents and former students! Could you help too? No experience needed! Sign up for the next Big Big sessions, 10th and 19th, June at


New HAB parents and carers... we are really looking forward to seeing you for our second ‘Class of 2028 Transition Webinar’, Tues 25th May, 5pm. Please sign up for the Zoom session, if you haven’t already registered


Hello Year 6 HAB girls! This week's passport looks at (wait for it...) ! Plus meet our fabulous school librarian, and find out why Rise Up is our Year 7 Motto. All at


We’ve been very impressed with how Year 6 girls who are joining us in September have been responding to our weekly challenges. See work by girls from , and at


Year 9 students and parents... visit our Key Stage 4 Options page for useful information and films to help you choose your options for Year 10. Don't forget, the deadline for choosing options is Friday 21st May! Details at


Sign up for our ‘Big Dig’ events (21st May, 10th June, 19th June) and help us build our Wellbeing Garden. First dig is this Friday! Visit here to sign up ➡️


Our Year 6 Passport this week looks at how to line up and school lunches too. Find out what you need to know for starting Year 7. Plus why is one of our core values? Visit


Aged 15-25? Here's a one-day online hackathon you can take part it, Sat 5th June. From the wonderful .


In Year 9 at Harris Academy Bermondsey? Our Key Stage 4 Options page has useful information and films to help students and their parents/carers choose options for Year 10. Visit


HAB girl Andrea Spendolini-Siriex secured GB's first medal of the European Aquatics Championships after taking silver in the mixed 10m Synchro, diving with Noah Williams. Watch Andrea's winning dives on the BBC. Huge congratulations, Andrea!

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Covid-19 - Latest Updates from the Academy

This and previous updates can also be found on our Letters and Emails Home page.

Update: 10th June

Important letter from Southwark Council - please read

Please click HERE to read an important letter about the importance of Covid-19 testing. We have recently seen a sharp rise in cases across Southwark with over 200 cases in the last week, which is a timely reminder that the virus still poses a risk for all of us. Please click HERE to read the letter.

Please contact Ian Boswell, our Covid Coordinator, at in the event of a positive test result.

Weekly Update from HAB

28th May 2021

Dear Parent/Carer,

As we finish up another half term at HAB, I would like to extend my sincere thanks for your continued support for the Academy. Your collaboration with us throughout the term has ensured the students at HAB have continued to have a smooth and successful return, and with the continued easing of restrictions the Academy is certainly starting to feel like a return to normality – the better weather this week has inevitably helped as well!

Please see below for key reminders and updates:

Covid Tests

Please do continue to ensure your daughter takes her covid lateral flow tests. We are advising that students take their final test of the holiday period on Sunday 6th June so that we are mitigating any risk of transmission as much as possible.

If your daughter has a positive test result, you will need to inform the Academy next week up until Monday 31st May so that we can employ our test and trace action plan. Please contact Ian Boswell, our Covid Coordinator, at in the event of a positive test result.

If your daughter has a positive test during the half term holiday, then please email Ms Simpkin, our Attendance and Welfare Office at so we know they will be isolating and not returning on Monday 7th June.

A sincere thanks for your continued support in mitigating the risk of Covid-19 transmission at the Academy.

Dates for your diary

As we are hopeful that lockdown restrictions will continue to ease, I would like to remind you of key dates and events of the summer 2 term:



Please see below our Bedrock champions for the last two weeks. It really makes a difference when we celebrate student success so please do engage in conversation with your daughter about her Bedrock and other home learning.

Bedrock Champions Summer 1 week 6

Year 11 and Year 13

It was such a proud moment for staff as we said goodbye to both Year 11 and Year 13 students this week. They have demonstrated such academic and emotional resilience over the last few years, and they should be highly commended for their continued efforts despite the considerable challenges they have faced. It was a pleasure to be able to give the Year 11s a very traditional HAB send off, and we look forward to welcoming Year 11s back onsite for HAB6 Experience Day on Thursday 24th June and Year 11 Graduation on Friday 25th June. Year 13 Graduation will be our final farewell to the HAB6 students on Tuesday 29th June.

All students were provided with transition work packs to support them with the next step of their education or working life. Please do encourage your daughter to engage with this process. A reminder that both Year 11 and Year 13 students should continue to be available until Friday 18th June for any final administrative work.

The Big Dig and Friends of HAB

Spaces are still available to volunteer for our next two Big Dig events, taking place on Thursday 10th and Saturday 19th June. Do email to find our further details and register your interest in taking part. No experience necessary, just a willingness to roll up your sleeves and positivity!

Our final Friends of HAB meeting is also due to take place on Wednesday 16th June at 5.00pm. The Friends of HAB Parent/Carer group is a welcoming group of parents and carers of HAB who come together once a term to organise projects and events that will benefit the Academy and its students. We are always looking for new members and any parent/carer would be more than welcome to join. Please email Leeanne Manzi, Assistant Principal, if you would like to receive the Zoom invite to the next meeting.

Free School Meals

I am pleased to announce that Southwark will once again be supporting Free School Meal vouchers over the May half term, and you should have received your voucher already. If there are any issues then please do email

If your financial condition has changed recently, please do complete a Free School Meal application at to ensure that you receive the support you are entitled to.

…and finally

This will be my final communication of the half term, and I would like to wish you and your families a restful and joyous break. My next communication with you will be on Friday 25th June. Please note our staff will be unavailable throughout the holidays, and inboxes are not routinely checked. If you do need to communicate with us, please note we will respond to emails at the point of us returning on Monday 7th June. A reminder that your daughter has a HAB Care Card of how she can receive support and help when she isn’t at HAB, and this information is also available on our website.

If you are looking for inspiration on how to spend the half term, please do see a link below that may be of interest:

Thank you as always for your continued support in ensuring  your daughter’s success at the Academy.

Yours sincerely,

Lyndsay Harris Vice Principal

Important Information on COVID-19

Symptoms of COVID-19

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature and/or
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at or by phoning 111.

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19


Wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds.


Cover your face in enclosed spaces, especially where social distancing may be difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.

It is now compulsory to wear cloth face coverings on public transport, shops and several other indoor settings.


Stay 2 metres apart where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place.

Keep your distance from people who are outside your household or support bubble.

Limit social gatherings (including abiding by the ‘rule of 6’) and avoid crowded places.

Further Information

Further information is available at